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Target Slashes Jobs, Invests $1B in Supply Chain

Target is strengthening its efforts to become a channel-agnostic retailer with mobile serving as the "front door" to its brand, while cutting thousands of jobs is part of a plan to save $2 billion over two years.

Innovation in Loyalty: 5 Questions You're Asking

3/3/2015 - There's been a lot of talk about the evolution of loyalty -- from traditional programs to the kind that use Big Data and analytics to deliver engaging customer experiences and drive profitability. Here are 5 questions and answers to help navigate the hype.

Chico's Cuts 250 Jobs, Plans 120 Store Closures

3/3/2015 - Women' fashion retailer, Chico's is undertaking an organizational realignment, including the reduction of nearly 250 jobs and 120 store closures. The moves will save more than $93 million.

Nordstrom Sales Top $13B, Teases Free Two-Day Shipping

3/3/2015 - A new DC currently under construction ahead of a planned fall opening in Pennsylvania is a key part of Nordstrom's long-term fulfillment strategy to ship orders within two days by ground to more than 90% of customers.

World's Richest Retail Billionaires

3/3/2015 - The highly competitive retail business can chew up and spit out retailers unprepared for the harsh realities of the industry. However, those entrepreneurs and executives that are able to make a splash in retail can earn boundless fortunes. See where executives from Walmart, H&M, Nike and others ranked in Forbes 29th annual guide to the world richest.

The Growing Threat of Denial-of-Service Attacks

3/2/2015 - In the aftermath of the Target and Home Depot breaches, most retailers these days are focused on POS malware. But the more common -- and more dangerous -- are denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

Retail's Coolest Innovative Concepts

3/2/2015 - Staying ahead of the retail pack requires an intense desire to push the innovation envelope and be the first to market with new concepts. At RetailTechCon 2015 a panel of retail visionaries will explain how their unique concepts work and help the enterprise relate to shoppers in relevant ways. The panel will be comprised of Dave Ratner, owner, Dave's Soda Pet Food City; Kate Sekules, founder, Refashioner; and Cindy Taylor, VP, information systems, Oxford Industries.

HP to Acquire Aruba Networks for $3B

3/2/2015 - HP has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Aruba Networks for approximately $3 billion. The transaction will close in the second half of HP's fiscal 2015.

Walmart Boosts Minimum Wage, Improves Customer Experience

2/24/2015 - Last week, Walmart stated it will begin paying all U.S. hourly workers at least $9 an hour by April, and $10 an hour by next February. The plan will result in raises for about 500,000 workers in the first half of the fiscal year and cost about $1 billion.

Celebrating 25 Years of Collaboration

2/24/2015 - When something has great value it stands the test of time. At RetailTechCon 2015, Jeff Roster, VP, Gartner will take to the stage to unveil the 25th annual RIS/Gartner Retail Technology Study. The silver anniversary of the study will focus on the spend trends for IT projects now and in the future.

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